39 More Toxic Coal Ash Sites Found to Contaminate US Water Supply With Arsenic & Heavy Metals

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Aerial photo of one of the sites discovered, in Uncasville, Connecticut.

A new report by the Environmental Integrity Project, Earthjustice, and the Sierra Club has identified an additional 39 sites in 21 states where toxic coal ash is contaminating drinking and surface water with arsenic and heavy metals. These new sites added to those already identified by the Environmental Protection Agency brings the US total to 137 in 34 states. According to the new study, each of these new sites equipped with groundwater monitoring wells show concentrations of heavy metals, arsenic and lead that exceed federal health standards for drinking water. At worst, a site at Hatfield's Ferry, Pennsylvania had contamination of arsenic 341 times higher than the federal standard.

The report lists the sites contaminating the water supply as:

The 21 states containing the 39 damage sites identified in the new report are: Arkansas (2 sites, Independence and Flint Creek); Connecticut (1 site, Montville); Florida (1 site, McIntosh); Illinois (3 sites, Joliet 9, Venice, and Marion); Iowa (3 sites, Lansing, Neal North, and Neal South); Kentucky (3 sites, Spurlock, Mill Creek, and TVA Shawnee); Louisiana (3 sites, Dolet Hills, Big Cajun, and Rodemacher); Michigan (1 site, Whiting); Nebraska (1 site, Sheldon); New York (1 site, Cayuga); North Carolina (1 site, Dan River); North Dakota (2 sites, Leland Olds, and Antelope Valley); Ohio (4 sites, Uniontown aka Industrial Excess Landfill, Cardinal, Gavin, and Muskingum); Oklahoma (1 site, Northeastern); Oregon (1 site, Boardman); Pennsylvania (2 sites, Hatfield's Ferry and Bruce Mansfield aka Little Blue); South Dakota (1 site, Big Stone); Tennessee (3 sites, TVA Johnsonville, TVA Cumberland, and TVA Gallatin); Texas (1 site, LCRA Fayette Power Project); Virginia (2 sites, Glen Lyn and Clinch River); and Wisconsin (2 sites, Oak Creek aka Caledonia and Columbia).

Read the full report, which details each of these cases: In Harm's Way: Lack of Federal Coal Ash Regulations Endangers Americans and Their Environment [PDF]

In the past ten years there have been a total of 34 coal ash spills in the United States, with the one in Tennessee at the end of 2008 being the most dramatic. In total there are some 600 sites in the US were coal ash is stored, across 35 states.

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More on Coal Ash:
600 Coal Ash Dump Sites Found in 35 States: Is There One Near You?
One Year Later, TVA Coal Ash Spill Problems Still Far From Over
Why We Need Federal Safeguards for Coal Ash
Yet Another Coal Ash Spill, This Time in Luke, Maryland (Upriver of Washington DC!)

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